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As a startup CEO, What is your strategy for maintaining relationship with your employees?

Kashif Jehangir Assistant Manager Administration at Private Company

October 6th, 2016

You have hired great talented and skilled people. Those people should not place themselves above the interest of the company. This usually happens when you (boss of the company) appreciates as required and the person takes it in wrong way.

Nofyah Shem Tov

October 6th, 2016

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Joseph Wang Chief Science Officer at Bitquant Research Laboratories

October 6th, 2016

I disagree with that statement. People can and should place their personal interests above the interests of the company. If you have a situation in which the personal interests of the employee are not aligned with those of the company, then you have a problem that you need to deal with.

For most companies, the employees have a personal interest in getting paid, and you exchange that payment by providing goods and services. If the employees don't get paid, then you shouldn't expect anything from them.

The way that I look at things is that there are many different ways of organizing a company, but they all have to with certain specific problems. One is that you simply can't have a deep personal relationship with more than a dozen people and you can't remember than about fifty names and faces. Also, you cannot maintain a "social of equals" with more than about five people.

Except for the smallest companies (20 people or less), it is simply impossible for a CEO to maintain a personal relationship with all of the employees, and even at 20 people, it's impossible for the CEO to be good friends with everyone.  So what usually what ends up happening is that the CEO ends up setting "cultural expectations" for how the company should work.

Saravjit Singh Independent Consultant and Trainer

October 6th, 2016

People are your greatest asset. Build everyone into a high performance team. 
Engage fully with your employees to enable them to give their full potential to the business. 
Have a policy of open communication, celebrating both success and failure, encourage risk taking, empower to discover each one's full potential, share successes, and above all have a shared vision towards which everyone works.

Alan Yong

October 6th, 2016

“As a startup CEO, What is your strategy for maintaining relationship with your employees?”


Recruit the Best Fitting Employees

Employees are by far your most vital business components. You are the driver of your business vehicle, but it is the employees who serve as the integral parts that keep that vehicle in operation. They all serve different functions, and you select them based on their individual strengths. You look for those that best fit your business needs and select them based on the roles and functions they are able to perform.


Think of your recruiting process the same way you would approach capital investment. You hire employees based on a long-term outlook because you believe in them. When you hire them it is with the intent to keep them in your company forever. You want to empower them so that they can be as successful as possible in their careers, and in turn help to make your company more successful as well.

Encourage Employees to Find Their Best Fit

Your employees will always be at their best when you have them doing those things that are best aligned with their own unique natural strengths. To get the most out of them and have them become your best marketing tools and evangelists, you need to find those things they love to do, and then join them with projects that they can be passionate about on a long-term basis. When you can do that you will find that they come to work with a positive attitude and will be upbeat and tireless - relentlessly pushing themselves to deliver the best results they can while taking their own productivity to its highest level regardless of their current compensation.

Zubair Ansari Founder and CTO, CionSystems Inc.

October 6th, 2016

I have seen situation like this, where encouragement is miss understood and the person suddenly thinks he/she is rock star and doesn't need to work hard anymore. I have seen this with junior folks who is not been exposed to different working environments. This has nothing to do with CEO appreciation. 

It is mandatory to encourage all employees to become the best they can be, this helps the company succeed.